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Rules for Social Distancing in City Parks

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We know it is very difficult to be inside especially as the weather warms up, but we must all work to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. People’s lives are at stake. Understandably, people are using the parks as a way to get some fresh air. But even outside, we must follow the rules of social distancing – stay a minimum of 6 feet away from others at all times. Please be vigilant with children who may not understand social distancing. If you can, visit parks at less busy hours. If there are too many people at a park to obey the rules of social distancing, go home and come back at another time. If you can, please consider taking a walk through the neighborhood as a way to get some exercise.

All playgrounds and courts are closed. Other parks will remain open unless they contribute, in any way, to the spread of COVID 19. Remember that we are all in this together and we each have a responsibility to keep our community healthy.

  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Consider visiting parks at less busy times. If there are too many people to practice social distancing, go home and come back at another time.
  • When you are out, always stay 6 feet away from anyone who does not live in your household.
  • All playgrounds in Somerville are closed. Play equipment can spread the virus.
  • All tennis, basketball and multi-sport courts are closed to prevent close contact.
  • Parks and fields are open, but team sports – including pickup games – are not allowed.
  • Kicking a ball with another person or member of your household is OK.
  • Do not arrange playdates or social gatherings at parks. Even people who seem well can be spreading the virus.
  • Dog owners should stay 6 feet away from other owners at all times and should not pet others' dogs.
  • Community gardeners should garden alone and stay 6 feet away from other gardeners at all times. Tools should not be shared. Use hand sanitizer before and after opening gates.
  • Follow CDC recommendations for staying safe. Wash your hands after being outside.

We are in this together. Please do your part to keep our community healthy. Learn more about COVID-19 safety and social distancing at somervillema.gov/Coronavirus.

 

The Public Space team manages the design and construction of new or renovated parks, plazas, streetscapes and open spaces that fall within the public realm. To report a safety or maintenance concern in an open space, please submit a 311 request. To get a permit for the use of a park or to learn about events in a park, please visit the Parks & Recreation Division.

 

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There are more than 80 parks and open spaces throughout the City of Somerville. Visit the links below for information on a specific park, and please note the City of Somerville's park rules:

  • All City parks are open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages is not allowed.
  • If dogs are allowed, you need to keep your dog on a leash. You can find a list of on and off-leash parks here.
  • Water features are on, in season,  from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. They are on timers and there is a rest time between cycles. Please be patient. Do not hit the activator buttons with excessive force. For a map of the city’s Pools & Water Features, click here.
  • We allow service animals for people with disabilities at all City parks.
  • You may need a recreational permit to use athletic fields or to use a park for an event. Visit the Somerville Parks and Recreation website at somervillerec.com for more information.
  • Neither grills nor open flames may be used in any City parks.

 

Inventory of Parks and Open Space

 

Park Projects Under Construction

ArtFarm
Benjamin Brown Schoolyard
Healey Schoolyard
Lincoln Park
Powder House Community School Site Park
Prospect Hill Park
East Somerville Community School & Capuano School Synthetic Turf Fields

Completed Park Projects

Albion Park
Allen Street Community Garden
Chuckie Harris Park
Corbett-McKenna Park
Dickerman Playground
Durrell Park and Community Garden
Edward Leathers Memorial Park
Grimmons Park
Hodgkins-Curtin Park
Kenney Park
Marshall St. Playground
Morse-Kelley Playground
North Street Veterans Playground
Nunziato Park
Otis St. Playground
Park at Somerville Junction
Perkins Park
Perry Park
Quincy Street Open Space
Symphony Park
Trum Field
Winter Hill Community Innovation Schoolyard
Zero New Washington Street

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